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Art and Design OCR Level 3 at Saffron Walden County High School

Course description

This Diploma replaces our previous Applied A-Level Art and Design course and is
in its second year of being taught at our centre. It introduces students to a wide
range of Art and Design practices and is delivered in a work-related context to
allow students to develop an understanding of the Art and Design sector. It is a 12
unit Diploma equivalent to two A-Levels. The course is ideal if students are fully
committed to the visual arts and considering progressing within the art and
design field, whether in employment or university. Students have their own space
within a studio and have access to a wide range of art and design resources

Course content

Students will experience a wide range of media and approaches, working to briefs for fine art, craft or design outcomes. Students will develop a contextual understanding and research Art and Design roles to further advance portfolio work. Practical exploration is supported by written work that documents how ideas and understanding have developed. Throughout the year students have the opportunity to make links with practitioners through trips and completing work-related assignments.

The second year will allow students to explore more personal themes and develop ideas.
Students continue to develop a portfolio and follow a personalised progression programme.

Entry requirements

GCSE 4 in Art


All units are centre assessed and moderated by OCR. The coursework units are graded as Pass, Merit and Distinction. There is no examination.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saffron Walden County High School directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years